You know what it’s like when you’re talking to someone and you notice a hair on their shoulder or a crumb on the side of their face and no matter what they’re saying you just can’t get past whatever shouldn’t be there? Yeah, that’s what it’s like for me to read books and articles and posts. I’ve been known to pull a Sharpie from my bag and correct a misprinted sign. I’ve sent letters to editors asking about something written that just didn’t sit well and I’ve been told, “Typos happen.” By editors. I find that unacceptable.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been one of those people. The teacher’s pet to help with grading papers. The go-to girl in the office to look over a proposal. The girl huddled in the corner with her hot chocolate reading an article about the origins of the letters P and Q. I could very easily be mistaken for a wallflower if it weren’t for the times I found myself on a stage or in front of a camera or singing for David Letterman. Truth is, I weave in and out of the introvert/extrovert patterns on a regular basis. I love to play and I love to take a few minutes to recharge and plan my next adventure.
My professional career includes a variety of jobs in the print, television and radio industries. All of which have required flexibility and creativity. All of which have also required writing and editing for myself and others. If you’d like more details, I’ll send you my resume. Something I’ve learned is that everyone has a story, and everyone seems to have a different way of telling it. As students, we are programmed to approach the English language with a black and white understanding of hard rules. In the real world, however, we’re allowed a little more leeway. A little gray is OK. Rules? What side of the Oxford comma debate are you on? Where do you stand on ending sentences with prepositions? See what I did there?
When I mentioned to people that I was leaving the media world, the looks were somewhere between bewildered and befuddled. Why would I leave a world that I loved so much? I’ll tell you why. Because there is so much more to life. There are so many things I want to do. I’m hoping that my own business with my own hours will allow me to connect with more of you on a level that will bring more goodness into this world. I’ve seen people literally flinch as I told them I was starting a writing and editing service. Have no fear, I am not here to grade anyone. I’m not even sure I have a red pen. My goal is not to make anyone uncomfortable. I’m a helper by nature. Please let me help. It makes me happy.